Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Everything the PTO does focuses on the AAS community and all PTO funds
are used to enrich our school and the lives of our children.


As a parent, you are automatically a member of the AAS PTO. In fact, all parents as well as all teachers are members of the AAS PTO and are encouraged to participate in our activities. We are an independent organization and are not affiliated with any outside groups.

Throughout the year, we organize visiting artists, book fairs, craft fairs, community outreach, and fun activities for parents, families, and students.

We also run the PTO Store where you can find PE uniforms and many spirit items, and The Exchange where you can donate, exchange, or buy used books and gently used uniform items.

Welcome Letter from the PTO President


Visit the PTO SHOP

Visit the Exchange

Monthly Community Coffees

The PTO holds monthly coffees. They are a great source of information and community contacts. Some of the topics typically covered during monthly coffees are:

  • Director and school leadership updates,
  • Student learning stories and,
  • Community news and presentations. 

We hope that by learning more about the PTO you are inspired to become an active PTO member. If you would like to become more involved by volunteering on a regular basis or even just for an hour a week or for a single event, we would love to have your help. We could not do it all without the help of our volunteers.

  • Our monthly coffees generally take place on the third Tuesday of each month.
  • The meetings are usually held at 8:45 in the South Cafeteria, and finish by 10:00.
  • There is no need to sign up - please just show up to find out what the PTO is doing and how you can get involved.


Meeting Presentations

Executive Committee & Coordinators

2019/20 Executive Committee


Rupa Bhattasali

VP Internal

Kristina Tadic

VP External

Holly Mazzarelli

VP High School

Dayra Conrado

VP Middle School

Marjo Vaessen

VP Elementary School

Liz Kirkwood


Naree Jung


Ines Cremers

School Director

Rhonda Norris

2019/20 Non-Executive Members
Director of Facilities and Operations Karen List
Director of Communications Vitali Verkhovski
Event / Program  2019/20 Coordinators
Artisan Fair Valeria Makarova
Enhancement Grants Irina Elizarov
The Exchange Irina Elizarov
PTO Shop Pauline Archer
Fall Social (Quiz Night) Renee Kovalski & Chantal Champagne
Family BBQ Gullivan Bulte
New Book Fair Victoria Liljenstolpe & Bettina Bachman
International Fair TBD
Newcomers Clare Lewis
Winter Social TBD
Spring Social Clare Lewis & Linda Corallo
Faculty / Staff Appreciation Myrte Dijksman
Used Book Fair TBD
Visiting Artist TBD
Craft Fair Susanne Hansson
Signup Genius Ines Cremers
Volunteers Ines Cremers


PTO Volunteering at AAS

Please email to learn more about how you can contribute to the AAS community of learners.

Charitable Fundraising Matching Fund

The PTO supports the excellent work that our students do to "contribute as globally-aware citizens" by supporting various local and international charities.

We have created a 1:1 matching fund to support the charitable fundraising done by any student group to benefit one of the many charities supported by our AAS community.


Enhancement Grant Program

The PTO Enhancement Grant Program is an important way the PTO contributes to the AAS Community. Each year we have fall and spring Enhancement Grant application rounds.  Any community member (student, teacher, parent, or staff) is invited to submit ideas for projects that will enhance the learning experience at AAS.  Enhancement Grants can fund innovations or existing programs, purchase equipment for classrooms or activities, or sponsor visits by expert guests who bring a new dimension to learning.   

To be eligible for consideration, projects should:

  1. Enhance the learning experience,
  2. Be consistent with AAS goals and philosophy,
  3. Be practical and feasible, and
  4. Not be covered by the school’s budget.

All submitted proposals are reviewed by the AAS administration to ensure alignment with school goals.  The PTO membership then votes on which proposals to approve, normally via e-voting.  We strongly encourage you to take part in the voting process.  We value your voice in deciding how PTO funds will be allocated for the benefit of our community.

The 2019-20 Enhancement Grants Program is now open. We will be accepting proposals until October 18, 2019.

Funded in 2018-2019

  • C-Pen Readers for SEN students

  • Graduation Backdrop

  • Electric Pottery Wheels

  • School Mascot Costume

  • ES Cafeteria Wall Design

Funded in 2017-208

  • Gaiam Chairs

  • Kindergarten Brick Planters

  • Baby Grand Piano

  • Ipad Tote Bags

  • MS Makerspace

Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artists Program brings artists of all genres, including writing, music, and the visual and performing arts, to AAS in order to work with and inspire our students of all ages. The program focuses on interaction with the students rather than simply performing for them, although performances may be a part of an artist's schedule.

Visiting Artists


To receive reimbursement of funds from the PTO, please download and complete our Reimbursement Form.

You can type in the pdf, print it out and return it, along with original receipts, to the PTO Exchange or the PTO mailbox in the administrative offices.  

If you have any questions, please email


PTO Reimbursement Form

Budget & Bylaws